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Engaged couple discover they’re brother and sister


A South African couple were enjoying a happy five-year relationship with a baby on the way, when they decided to get married. When their parents met face to face to discuss the wedding plans, the shocking truth was revealed. In 1983, when the man was two years old and his sister was eight months, their parents separated. He was raised by his father in Madras village in Bushbuckride, while she was raised by her mother in Pienaar, outside Nelspruit. They grew up about 80km (50 miles) apart, and re-met years later by chance in 2007, at Tshwane University of Technology.

Neither had any idea they were siblings, and both described the experience as “love at first sight.” The couple, who have refused to be named, have now separated.

“All we wanted to do was just to have a family and many kids,” the woman stated. “So you can imagine how shocked we were when they broke the news. We are going to have a child together.”

This event, while unfortunate, isn’t too surprising according to psychiatrists. Generally, when brothers and sisters grow up together they develop a natural repulsion that prevents incest. But siblings separated at a young age often feel a strong sexual attraction when they are reunited, due to Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA).

This story is particularly terrifying to me, as my girlfriend and I look oddly similar, and our parents knew each other in the 1970s.

 My girlfriend and I. Healthy relationship, or separated at birth? 

Could we be victims of GSA? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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6 comments on “Engaged couple discover they’re brother and sister

  1. Danielle Vidali
    October 1, 2012

    You guys crack me up! Definitely separated at birth!

    • oddfix
      October 1, 2012

      Mm. I fear you may be right.

  2. I’d get a DNA test for sure.

    • oddfix
      October 1, 2012

      I secretly stole a sample of her hair his morning. Will let you know when I get the lab results.

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